Players with enough skill to play as a top-six forward on an NHL roster are a valuable commodity. Likewise, there is always a place on the coach’s line-up sheet for a player who finds a way to effectively agitate and generally make themselves a pain-in-the ass for opponents.

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Find a player who is equally comfortable around the net and in somebody’s face, and you’ve got something. David Perron is one of those guys, and that’s exactly what he delivered in the 116 games he played with the Edmonton Oilers. Hack. Yap. Score. Hack. Yap. Score. Rinse and repeat.

David Perron #57

Pittsburgh Penguins  Left Wing

NUMBER:  57 BIRTHDATE: May 28, 1988  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6′ 0″ BIRTHPLACE:  Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 200 DRAFTED: STL / 2007 NHL Entry Draft
SHOOTS: Right  ROUND: 1st   (26th overall)



2007-08 BLUES 62 13 14 27 16 38 3 0 1 68 19.1
2008-09 BLUES 81 15 35 50 13 50 4 0 3 161 9.3
2009-10 BLUES 82 20 27 47 -10 60 5 1 2 166 12.0
2010-11 BLUES 10 5 2 7 7 12 0 0 0 29 17.2
2011-12 BLUES 57 21 21 42 19 28 5 1 4 114 18.4
2012-13 BLUES 48 10 15 25 0 44 2 0 2 84 11.9
2013-14 OILERS 78 28 29 57 -16 90 8 1 2 220 12.7
2014-15 OILERS 38 5 14 19 -17 20 0 0 1 74 6.8
2014-15 PENGUINS 43 12 10 22 -8 42 3 0 1 122 9.8
2015-16 PENGUINS 14 1 3 4 -2 8 0 0 0 36 2.8
NHL TOTALS  513  130  170  300  2 392 30 3 16 1,074  12.1 


2008-09 BLUES 4 1 1 2 3 4 0 0 0 12 8.3
2011-12 BLUES 9 1 4 5 -4 10 0 0 1 16 6.2
2012-13 BLUES 6 0 2 2 -3 6 0 0 0 12 0.0
2014-15 PENGUINS 5 0 1 1 -1 4 0 0 0 12 0.0
NHL TOTALS 24 2 8 10 -5 24 0 0 1 52  3.8


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Not particularly big or particularly fast, Perron’s willingness to shoot the puck from anywhere and then make a beeline for the net in search of a rebound or a face to wash saw him produce 33-43-76 during his tenure with the Oilers after arriving via trade from the St. Louis Blues.

In his only full season with Edmonton, 2013-14, Perron tallied 28-29-57 in 78 games to finish third, behind only Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, in team scoring. Those totals marked career highs in goals and points for Perron on a team that didn’t score nearly enough.

Perron’s 90 penalty minutes, most issued after the whistle in scrums and “your-momma” sessions with opponents driven to distraction by his hacking and yapping, was second only to tough guy Luke Gazdic, who face-punched his way to 127 PIM. Equally talented and tenacious was Perron.


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To this point in his NHL career, Perron played his best hockey with the Oilers, and that’s what lands him on this list for me. The bonus with Perron’s brief tenure in Edmonton is that the price was right, both coming and going.

Craig MacTavish got Perron from the Blues for 2009 first-round draft pick (10th overall) Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round pick (centre Ivan Barbashev, taken 33rd overall). Paajarvi failed to stick in St. Louis, managing just 13 points in 65 games over parts of two seasons with the Blues.

MacTavish traded Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round pick (16th overall). Klinkhammer remains a serviceable depth winger who doesn’t make a lot of money and new GM Peter Chiarelli included the pick from Pittsburgh in the trade that landed Griffin Reinhart from the New York Islanders.

This series will look at the top 100 Edmonton Oilers from the NHL era 1979-80 to 2014-15, starting with 100 and working up. 

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  • Shit bitch cunt fuck

    From a long line of wingers that faded out for us.

    There was Lupul, Penner, O’Sullivan, Cole, Sykora, Kotalik and who could forget Toby Petersen.

  • ubermiguel

    A rare case of “sell high” for this team. Or at least “sell for roughly the same price you paid”. I enjoyed Perron’s board work and fore check when he was on. Something happened near the end of his time with the team though, you could tell in interviews he was downtrodden. Perhaps losing all the time impacted him more than others.

      • 2Oilers4

        Why so sarcastic Robin ? You reek of it always if someone does not agree
        with your opinion on something. I usually bypass articles written by yourself. For whatever reason [Oilers Talk] i decided to read on.

        Just my opinion of your oh so typical Sarcastic attitude.

        I presume i will be banned for voicing an opinion you do not like.

        Whatever, i had to respond.

        • It was an apt response to a comment that added NOTHING to the discussion. Don’t like it? Move on to something you prefer.

          And you didn’t have to respond. You chose to. Looking at one of your recent comments — it was caught by our software and won’t run — you are very angry about another bad start by the Oilers. You should probably try to get a handle on that. Sniping at writers here won’t solve what’s bothering you.

  • Blood Orange

    All these hate comments for someone who would actually stick up for his teammates after whistles and muck it up.

    We wonder why the team is so soft sometimes….

    • ubermiguel

      Forgot about that part of his game. Smid was the other guy that would jump in and get zero support. So frustrating to watch that. That’s Rec League 101 stuff right there.

  • 2Oilers4

    Davey P… Was what the Oilers needed and had he stayed on that track… we would be looking good.

    He definitely had a change in attitude last season before he was traded. My guess is he had some of the toxic mixture of Eakins/Mac-T/Klowe… And was like “screw this place” …. Likely spoke up and thus got shipped out much like:

    Steve passmore (just kidding)

    In hindsight, Mac-T won both Perron Trades and the Smid Trade….

    The Oilers need two of this kind of player right now for our bottom lines…

    Maybe we get him back for cheaper in free agency?

  • The Last Big Bear

    Perron was the Oilers’ leading goal scorer, and he brought many things of which the Oilers were in desperately short supply: toughness, defensive responsibility, being good at hockey, etc.

    I feel he was like a younger Curtis Glencross, right down to being grossly under-appreciated in Edmonton.

    Yeah, he got mad and called the team out when they were being terrible. But I think the Oilers needed a lot more of that, and a lot less of “Don’t mess up everything we’ve built lol”.

    As a Flames fan, I was happy when he was traded. He was a bigger contributor to the Oilers than most of the superstar kids were.

  • Jay (not J)

    Perron was the right player at the wrong time. He has a great combination of skills for a second or third winger and brought a bit of yap to an Oilers team that really has troubles getting in the other team’s face. I got trading him last year, but I think that he has the personality type that the team sorely lacks.

  • Jay (not J)

    I’m really ambivelent on this player………part of me loves his compete and part of me says this guy was not a team player.

    Not sure what is true or what is false……..just my impression.

  • Spaceman Spiff

    More than any other player I can remember in the last 20 years, David Perron reminded me of the guys you often see playing in senior hockey. And I mean that as a compliment, believe it or not.

    Yappy. Chippy. Dirty. A little small. A bit slow coming back. A bit lazy, but excellent hands. Heck, he even dressed like a senior player, with his giant visor, jersey tucked into one side, and a black strap around his waist keeping his pants up.

    Too bad he couldn’t string together more than two decent years here. The Oilers could use a little senior-hockey-dirty right now.